April 14, 2006
Studio: Warner Home Video
Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Starring: Tony Iommi, Dee Snider, Slayer , Alice Cooper, Slipknot , Rob Zombie, Vince Neil, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, Cannibal Corpse, Lemmy , Geddy Lee, Lamb of God, Tom Morello, Arch Enemy, John Kay, Enslaved , Emperor , Korn , Voivod , Kittie , Mayhem , Girlschool , Gorgoroth , Doro Pesch, Hades Almighty, Malcolm Dome, Deena Weinstein, Robert Walser, Keith Kahn-Harris, Chuck Klosterman, Pamela Des Barres, Donna Gaines, Rose Dyson, Bob Ezrin, Brian Slagel, Monte Conner, Robert Kampf, Rob Jones, Eddie Trunk, Joey Severance, Thomas Jensen, Eric Bryan, Sam Guitor, Joe Bottiglieri, Rolf Rasmussen
Official website: MetalHistory.com
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground – spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music. Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham, and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn – curious anthropologist and rabid fan – collide, as Sam explores metal's obsession with sex, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes, and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that's far more complex than it seems.